Kyle Kuehl is first Republican to announce bid in Iowa’s new 1st District
BETTENDORF — Political novice and Bettendorf enterprise proprietor Kyle Kuehl introduced Monday he’ll run for Congress as a Republican in Iowa’s new 1st Congressional District.
Kuehl is the primary Republican to announce his candidacy within the district, which redistricting has left with out an incumbent.
Democratic state Rep. Christina Bohannan, a College of Iowa legislation professor, can also be looking for the first District seat, which encompasses southeast Iowa, together with Johnson and Scott counties.
Kuehl owns and operates FSBO Houses Quad Cities and has launched Code Ninjas Quad Cities, a franchise that teaches laptop coding and STEM schooling to kids ages 5 to 14.
Kuehl, who has “completely zero political expertise,” stated he’s working on his expertise serving within the army and as a enterprise proprietor.
“Once I take a look at Congress, there are method too few veterans in Congress and method too few enterprise house owners in Congress, and, truthfully, that’s why not a lot is getting accomplished,” Kuehl stated. “Whether or not left or proper, that can enchantment to a whole lot of Japanese Iowa people in search of these attributes in Congress.”
Kuehl stated in his information launch that he served as sniper within the Iowa Military Nationwide Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.
“As a enterprise proprietor, you need to be a decisive individual and actually perceive communication,” Kuehl stated. “If you are able to do these two issues, you’re off to an excellent begin being a profitable consultant of the folks.
“On the subject of Congress making choices on overseas coverage and veterans it absolutely helps have somebody who has been on the entrance line serving this nation.”
Requested why he selected to make his first foray into politics in a run for Congress, Kuehl stated, “Once I take a look at the issues in authorities, I believe our state is doing an excellent job. It’s the elected officers on the fed stage not getting it accomplished.
“That’s the place I see the issue and that’s the place I see the chance” to scale back federal spending and improve assist for veterans, he stated.
The brand new 21-county 1st Congressional District covers a lot of southeast Iowa, together with Johnson, Cedar, Jones, Iowa, Washington, Keokuk, Louisa, Scott, Clinton and Muscatine counties.
Portions of the district are actually represented by U.S. Reps. Ashley Hinson of Marion and Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa.
Hinson, a Republican, will seemingly face state Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Hiawatha, in 2022 in Iowa’s new 2nd District. The brand new 22-county district runs north to the Minnesota border and consists of Linn, Black Hawk and Dubuque counties.
Iowa’s new redistricting map places Miller-Meeks, a Republican, within the third District, now represented by U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, a Democrat, and presumably may transfer into the first District. She is anticipated to announce her plans quickly.
Axne, who is taken into account working for governor, has not introduced her plans.
This map reveals Iowa’s new congressional districts, in place for the 2022 elections.